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Spaghetti with Chard & Lentils

Spoonful of Plants
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 586 kcal


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 8 cups swiss chard chopped (including stems) any variety
  • 1 cup pre-cooked petite French lentils see notes above
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil + more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt + more for salting the pasta water
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper freshly ground
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds optional but recommended
  • parmesean or pecorino romano cheese optional
  • fresh basil optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile in a separate pan, heat the olive oil on medium high heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute until fragrant about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chard and season with salt and pepper.
  • Allow the chard to wilt and the stems to soften then turn off the heat. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta (remembering to reserve some of the pasta water first).
  • Add pasta to the pan with the chard and half of the pasta water and combine together.
  • Allow to sit for about 5 minutes in the pan off the heat.
  • Continue to add more of the reserved pasta water if the pasta seems a bit dry (or you can also add in some extra olive oil at this point).
  • Adjust seasonings and serve with fresh herbs, almonds and or grated cheese.


Serving: 4gCalories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 19gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 452mgPotassium: 644mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4405IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chard, dinner, easy, healthy, lentils, pasta, spaghetti, vegan, vegetarian
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